Robot cuts welding time by forty percentback
Welding a complete rail car bogie in a single clamping
Seven years ago, when Neuweiler AG opted for a type RT 330 S welding robot from igm, they were specifically planning to perform automated welding on large-format workpieces. The robot works synchronously with an RWM 2 10,000 RCi L-shaped manipulator and an RFP 10,000A 1 counter bearing. Each has a load capacity of ten metric tons, so together they can manipulate heavy workpieces of up to 20 tons. The robot system is also equipped with a high-speed RWM 2 1,000 RCi L-shaped manipulator for small parts. A pit in the machine foundation makes it possible to manoeuvre even very awkwardly dimensioned workpieces without the need for a lift mechanism. According to CEO Christian Neuweiler, this is the largest welding robot system in Switzerland. Based on current information, it may be the only one in all of Europe thus far to weld complete bogie frames for railway locomotives in a single clamping.